Oh yeah, that’s gross but we get that question a lot. Оkay so couple things to know: Eating poop is pretty normal and really common in dogs. They do it for a couple of reasons, puppies especially.
Why Dogs Eat Poop?
Puppies love it and generally, they kind of grow out of the habit which is nice so if you’re out there with a puppy and you’re going “this is gross!”. Hang in there you may well grow out of most of the problems. For a grown dog there are a couple of other reasons.
One, there are medical conditions that can make this happen. Anything that increases appetite or decreases the ability to absorb nutrients or things like that. It may play a role so we want to make sure we get that checked out.
Beyond that, it’s boredom, sometimes. They’re out in the yard, there’s not a whole lot of stuff to do so… might as well eat some poop and for a dog that’s a good reason.
And then, number three, it’s purely that they love it. Some dogs just love eating poop. This is actually pretty common.
There’s not a lot of bad stuff about it from a medical standpoint. Unless they’re going after other dog’s poop in which case they may get parasites, and so parasites are a problem. Make sure your dog’s on regular worm prevention to help with that.
What Can You Do?
So what do we to stop dog eating poop?
- Number one. Get your dog checked out medically and make sure there’s nothing going on there and just take that off the table.
- Number two. If your pup is bored you can give him toys. Or play with him yourself. You can walk him or bring him in as soon as your pet starts to look bored overall.
- Number three. You can pick it up. If this is the thing that is grossing you out then maybe just keep your yard clean. Take that off the table.
- Number four. As far as taste, there’s a bunch of stuff people say you can add to dogs’ food to affect the taste and maybe make them not want to do this so much. None of this stuff is really tested, honestly. Ask your vet if they have recommendations. There definitely seem to be some things that work, but nothing that’s rock-solid.
- Number five. Your recall command. Train your dog to drop it, leave it and come. These are all the commands you need. Make sure you got them down rock solid and that way as soon as you start to see your pet thinking about it, you can call him to leave it and then come back to you. That can save you a lot of headaches and engrossing out-ness as well.